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Type of wood

Post by Silures » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:43 pm

Hi

I'm wanting to buy a galician gaita but I'm not sure what kind of wood would be best. I'm not looking for a professional gaita or anything, just a basic (but not cheaply made) bagpipe to get me going. I just want an average or a little above average pipes.

Could someone please recommend me a particular wood and an online shop which sells moderately priced gaitas please?

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Re: Type of wood

Post by Art » Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:20 am

Where are you located? In the Eastern US, at least, boxwood is said to frequently warp because of the changes in humidity and temperature. I'd recommend African Blackwood here. But there are other hard, stable woods, too.

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Re: Type of wood

Post by Silures » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:03 am

I'm not from the US, but generally through-out the year we get a lot of moisture (but in summer it can sometimes be dry, but not every year).

While i'm posting, could someone also tell me whether or not if i bought a single droned gaita would i be able to attach a second drone at a later time? Is it very difficult to add the drone?

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Re: Type of wood

Post by Celtpastor » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:27 pm

Actually - the Gaita I still play today is the one that "got me going" over 10yrs ago. So, since Gaitas are - considering pressure and air - bagpipes that are, compared to others, fairly easy to play, I's recommend to buy a real good one from the beginning on. Tenor and/or soprano drones normally have some mechanics to switch them off, so in the beginning, You can practice needing even less air. Adding drones later with todays Gore-bags may prove difficult.
Boxwood has a veery nice sound - but since it may bend in humidity, I'd recommend Blackwood, or, which is pretty similar in density (closely related species), Cocobolo.

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Re: Type of wood

Post by Silures » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:16 pm

How is Bubinga wood?

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Re: Type of wood

Post by earthjig » Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:53 am

Bubinga is a reddish type of wood, and comes from the african cherry-tree.

It's density is about 800-900 kg/m³, which is about the same as Palo Santo , but less than boxwood (900-1030 kg/m³)

I've recently bought bubinga wood for about 15 gaitas. I'll tell you how this wordks out for me.

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Re: Type of wood

Post by Art » Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:56 am

I've seen a chanter made of Palo Santo / bubinga. It's very beautiful looking!

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Re: Type of wood

Post by chaotikend » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:19 pm

So how does bubinga sound compared to boxwood or granadillo?

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Re: Type of wood

Post by Art » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:38 am

Is bubinga expensive and getting rare, too? I wonder how these other woods compare with mopani?

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Re: Type of wood

Post by anima » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:21 pm

my uilleann pipe chanter is made of mopane and it sounds great, very smooth.
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